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'We Believe In The Players' - Dyche

Burnley boss has faith in the squad who delivered so much last season

2 August 2018

Sean Dyche is confident the Clarets at their best have what it takes to progress in Europe.

Dyche’s side faces Aberdeen at Turf Moor tonight with their Europa League second-round qualifier locked at 1-1 after the first leg a week ago.

The Burnley boss has so far been unable to add to his squad this summer and is also missing a couple of key men through injury.

But after guiding the Clarets to seventh in the Premier League last season – the club’s highest-ranked finish since 1974 – he is backing his players to produce the goods again as Burnley host their first home European tie for 51 years.

“We believe in the players and we believe they are a strong enough side to give a performance that can win the game,” said Dyche.

“That’s something that leaves a high demand on us – internally I mean – and when we get that right we know that we’re a good side.

“We have proved that for the last few seasons, and definitely last season.

“You can’t cheat your way to what they achieved in the Premier League last season.

“Now it’s a new season, of course, and your mind has got to be right, your body has got to be right and the tactical framework etc.

“But we know when we perform we’re a strong outfit, particularly when we’ve got good backing from our crowd, which we’ve had for a long time here.

“That’s our expectation – the team goes and performs well in order to win the game.”

Aberdeen, steeped in European history, will be backed by a sold-out away allocation of 2,400 fans as they look to reach the third qualifying round – and a tie against Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir – for the fourth successive season.

Along with Burnley’s travelling fans at Pittodrie, the Scots generated a passionate atmosphere in a tie that saw the Clarets come from behind to secure a potentially vital late away goal through Sam Vokes.

The boot will be on the other foot tonight with the Clarets’ supporters holding the numerical advantage and Dyche is looking for their backing to help his side progress and set up a first-leg trip to the Turkish capital a week tonight.

“The good thing about the ‘Burnley Massive’ as I know them now is they know there are no ‘gimmes’,” added the Burnley boss.

“They know we have to work for everything and they’re prepared to back the team to work for everything. That’s certainly what I’ve enjoyed here over the last few years.

“There’s a real positive energy about the reality of the game. Anything can happen, so we have to make sure we’re on top of the game, and they know that, and they can back the players in making sure they get that boost from the fans.

“Fans are important, there’s no two ways about that. They play a big part in us being what we are and that positive vocal backing they give us definitely helps.”

Aberdeen – who famously lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1983 – travelled south on Wednesday afternoon before visiting Turf Moor for a look around and to host a press conference with manager Derek McInnes and recent recruit Tommie Hoban.

And McInnes, who last season led the Dons to second place in the Scottish Premiership for a fourth time in a row, is aware of the task facing his side.

The Dons' boss (above) said: “I’ve always found in Europe against the better teams, and Burnley are up there with anything we’ve played in Europe, you normally need two strong performances.

"One is normally not enough. I felt before the game that we had to score here to probably get through the tie and that’s where we are.

"Burnley were favourites prior to the game, which I totally understand, and with their away goal last week it puts them in the box seat. The onus is on us to score and change that, but I’m confident that we can do that.

"We’re not coming down here thinking we’ll be gallant losers and good old Aberdeen putting up a fight. The aim is to get through the tie as it’s been since we were drawn together.”

While the Clarets have lost goalkeeper Nick Pope to the dislocated shoulder he suffered at Pittodrie, Aberdeen have added fit-again defender Andy Considine to the squad that featured a week ago.

There are still tickets available for tonight's game, with details HERE


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